Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Ph.D.

Head of Education and Professional Development Department; Professor of Jewish Education Parallel Track

Contact Information

school/program: Jerusalem-Based Programs
academic field: Jewish Education, Professional Development
campus: Jerusalem

Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Ph.D., is a Professor of Jewish Education in the Parallel Track. She is the Director of the Department of Education and Professional Development at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. Her fields of research include teachers’ professional development, teacher ideologies, multicultural teacher training, and pluralism in Jewish education.

She heads the Rikma M.A. program specializing in Community and Pluralistic Jewish Education, in collaboration with the Melton Center for Jewish Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She spearheaded and is the academic head of the Teachers’ Lounge, in memory of Shira Banki, a professional development program for Arab and Jewish teachers.

Multicultural Education

Pluralism in Jewish Education

Professional Development in Jewish Education

Teaching Prayer

The Unseen Space Between Us – Reflective Practice as a Tool for Professional Development in Jewish Education

Catch the Wind: Prayer and Spirituality in Jewish Education

Pedagogy of Responsibility, Clinical Dilemmas

Case Studies in Rabbinical Practicum

Ph.D., Hebrew University


  1. Gillis M, Muszkat-Barkan M. and Pomson A. [Eds] Speaking in the Plural: Pluralism and Jewish Education; Magnes Press, 2014
  2. מיכל מושקט ברקן  [עורכת] “סיפורים מחדר מורים: מורים ערבים ויהודים כותבים על תלמידים, הוראה ומפגש בירושלים” (2022, בהכנה)

Original Research

  1. Muszkat-Barkan M. “Standards for Evaluation Judaica Learning Materials in the Israel General School System” In: The Israeli Association for Research of Jewish Education, Annual conference. Tel- Aviv University, 2000 (Hebrew). 
  2. Muszkat-Barkan M, Shkedi A. “Ideological Commitment in the Supervision of Jewish Studies Teachers: Representing Community”, in A. Pomson and H. Deitcher [Eds] Jewish schools and Jewish community. Littman Library pp 270-288, 2009
  3. Muszkat-Barkan M.  “Ideological encounters: mentoring teachers in Jewish education” in H. Miller, A. Pomson and L. Grant [Eds]  The International Handbook of Jewish Education will Springer publication. 2011, pp 879-900. 
  4. Grant L. and Muszkat-Barkan M. “Rabbis as Educators: The Professional Training and Identity Formation” in H. Miller, A. Pomson and L. Grant [Eds]   The International Handbook of Jewish Education
  5. Springer publication. 2011, pp 1001-1020. 
  6. Muszkat-Barkan M. The Choice of Reform Rabbinical Studies in Israel and the Rabbinical Mission: Negotiating Tikun Olam and Personal Tikun. Journal of Jewish Education Volume 79Issue 2, 2013 .
  7. Muszkat-Barkan M. and Marmur M. Plurality, Identity and Community in Pluralistic Jewish Education.  in: Speaking in the Plural: Pluralism and Jewish Education;  in: Gillis M, Muszkat-Barkan M and Pomson A [Eds], Magnes Press, 2014
  8. Muszkat-Barkan M and Grant L.D. (2015) “Like a Distant Cousin”: Bi-Cultural Negotiation as Key Perspective in Understanding the Evolving Relationship of Future Reform Rabbis with Israel and the Jewish People, Journal of Jewish Education, 81:1, 35-63,Michal 
  9. Muszkat-Barkan M. (2015) Between Ritual and Spiritual: Teachers’ Perceptions and Practices Regarding Prayer Education in TALI Day Schools in Israel, Journal of Jewish Education, 81:3, 260-284, 
  10. Muszkat-Barkan M. and Rosenstein M. J. (2018) Professional identity formation in a liberal Israeli rabbinical seminary: Spiritual transformers in the learned curriculum. Religious Education, DOI: 10.1080/00344087.2018.1436017 https://doi.org/10.1080/00344087.2018.1436017
  11. Muszkat-Barkan (2022) “Side by Side”: Nurturing Local Intercultural Competence in a Professional Development Program for Palestinian and Jewish Teachers Teachers College Record Teachers College Record, vol. 124, 2: pp. 170-196.  May 14, 2022.
  12. מיכל מושקט-ברקן. ‘הרמנויטיקה של מקום’:  ‘מפגש אופקים’ בשיח על מקום בירושלים בהשתלמות מורות יהודיות וערביות. התקבל לפרסום בכרך מאמרים לכבוד יונתן כהן. עורכים: אבינועם רוזנק ואלי הולצר, האוניברסיטה העברית ובר אילן.
  13. מיכל אברמוף, אופל ארבל, מיכל מושקט-ברקן, מעמד בתנועה: חינוך לתפילה בנוער תלם, התקבל לפרסום באסופת מחקרי היהדות הרפורמית בעריכת עופר שיף ואלעזר בן לולו, אוניברסיטת בן גוריון

Commentaries and Reports

  1. Muszkat-Barkan M. Pluralism and Peoplehood: Jewish Education Between Protection and Exposure The Peoplehood Papers, volume 10 – Peoplehood in the Age of Pluralism – published by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education
  2. Muszkat-Barkan M. Can Pluralistic Schools Accommodate Everyone? HaYidion, The Jewish Community Day School Journal, RAVSAK Journal. Winter 2009, pp 28-30. 
  3. Israel education in North American day schools: A systems analysis and some strategies for change. Report submitted to the AVI CHAI Foundation, Alex Pomson, Howard Deitcher and Michal Muszkat-Barkan with Naava Frank, Reuven Greenvald, Stephen Markowitz & Pearl Mattenson [April 2009].